Reclaim the winter season as your wellness season with these herbal remedies! Here are a few tips to help strengthen your system for the season as well as fight back when a cold or flu strikes.
Prepare Your Immune System
There’s nothing like the sudden arrival of cold symptoms that sends us on a focused mission to boost our immune system. It is all too easy to forget the importance of strengthening the body’s defenses before sickness strikes.
While tending to your immune system at any time never hurts, you will thank yourself for doing it sooner rather than later. Echinacea is a great way to start. Studies show it can support your immune function by helping to stimulate white blood cells. Find out more about this immune-strengthening herb!
Support Your Immune System
Using adaptogens during the hectic cold and flu season is a great way to help your immune system. Adaptogens are part of a special group of healing plants that help to balance, protect and restore the body. From a member of the pea family, the adaptogen astragalus is taken from the root of the plant. It can boost your immunity as well as potentially buffer the effects of stress—making it a great addition to your holiday health routine!
Not All Bugs Are the Same
Ever thought you’ve caught your cold for the season, only to be hit with a new one? Different colds lend themselves to different symptoms. Some bugs leave you with a dry, scratchy throat while others leave you with a wet, runny nose. Along with echinacea and astragalus, try out these beneficial herbs to help support the respiratory system:
“Wet” Bugs (Cough with mucus):
- Black cherry bark
“Dry” Bugs (Scratchy, irritated cough):
- Marshmallow root
- Slippery elm
Remember too, one of the easiest preventative steps you can take this season is simply to wash your hands often and keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Sprouts wants you to feel well this fall, winter and all year-round!